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Spanish High School Equivalency Diploma Classes

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Spanish High School Equivalency Diploma classes are for academically capable adults who are more confident taking the required classes, assessments, testing, and exams in Spanish rather than in English. The adult learners who attend this class do not possess a high school diploma.   

Anyone 16 years and 9 months of age or older can attend AEL classes. Students who are of high school age, must complete a Request for Admission to Test/Age Waiver for High School Equivalency Diploma Form. This document requires signatures from the student, their parent, and the school district’s administrator and verifies the student is not enrolled at the high school. This form must be completed and returned prior to any pre-assessment testing and enrollment into the AEL Program. No one can be enrolled in both the AEL Program and high school at the same time.

To begin and remain in the Adult Education & Literacy Program, students must:

  1. Attend an orientation session with a Spanish HSED instructor.
  2. If applicable, complete and return the required Request for Admission to Test/Age Waiver for High School Equivalency Diploma form – with appropriate signatures.
  3. Complete an application.
  4. Take a Reading and Math CASAS pre-test to determine academic skill level.
  5. Attend and complete direct instruction classes with our qualified teachers – attendance is mandatory.

Additional Information:

  1. CASAS pre-tests, CASAS post-tests, and passing scores on all five Official Practice Tests are required prior to registering for any Official HiSET® exam. 
  2. Currently, the pre-test assessments students are required to take for the AEL Program are not offered in Spanish, therefore, students must take additional tests that are offered in Spanish to get their true academic skill level. 
  3. No student, no matter how high their academic skill level, can meet all program requirements in less than one month. The AEL Program does not guarantee a student will complete HSED requirements within any specific timeframe.
  4. College Level Exemption – if a student assesses at a college level, they must complete 12 hours of instruction and successfully pass all three areas of the college Accuplacer assessment. If unsuccessful, they must complete a full session of Fresh Start or Boot Camp. If successful, students are allowed to take the Official Practice Tests after the required 12 hours. 
  5. Testing Centers for HiSET® exams are located in Emmetsburg, Estherville, and Spencer.  
  6. Students can earn a voucher with perfect attendance to pay for HiSET® exams.
  7. Students must register and schedule their own HiSET® exams through Students can pay for one test at a time ($10.00/exam) or for the full battery ($50.00). 
  8. After successfully completing HiSET® requirements, graduates must request their High School Equivalency Diploma and Transcript by visiting The cost is $10.00.
  9. Every Adult Education & Literacy student who successfully completes the HSED Program is eligible to receive a $500 scholarship to continue their education at Iowa Lakes Community College. Students must complete a scholarship application by the required due date in order to receive the HSED scholarship.
  10. While a 16 year/9 month old student can begin classes, they cannot sign up for Official High School Equivalency Testing (HiSET®) until they are at least 17. Students who are 17 and 18 year olds will not receive their official transcript and diploma from the Iowa Department of Education until May of the year they would have graduated from high school.

***Classes are FREE to all Adult Education & Literacy students.***

***The state of Iowa uses ETS/HiSET® (High School Testing Service) as the testing service for students wishing to receive their High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) – formerly known as GED®. Upon successful completion of all five HiSET® exams, each student will receive a High School Diploma. This credential is issued through the Iowa Department of Education.*** 

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